Two persons died and many others were injured when a train hit a commercial bus at Pen Cinema railway crossing in Lagos State on Friday, authorities have confirmed.

The accident occurred when the bus driver was trying to make U-turn on the rail line.

Eyewitnesses say the approaching train crushed the bus where people hanging on the train fell off and two die instantly while others sustained various injuries.

Some youths set the bus ablaze in anger while the injured were taken to a nearby hospital.

Jerry Oche, the Lagos District Manager, Nigerian Railway Corporation, who confirmed the incident, said it happened at 9.30 a.m.

“We were informed that a bus was trying to make a U-turn at the railway line this morning at Agege Pen Cinema area when a moving train crushed it in the process.

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“The police are on top of the incident bringing the situation to normalcy as youths went on rampage over the death of people who lost their lives in the accident.

“The information given to us by the police was that a number of people hanging on the train were affected where two people died while many others sustained injuries,” he said.

Ibrahim Farinloye, the Public Information Officer, National Emergency Management Authority, Lagos Office, said the injured have been stabilised in hospital.

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